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Classic Manhattan Cocktail

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 min
  • Active: 5 min
  • Yield: 1 serving
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2 ounces rye whiskey

1 ounce sweet vermouth 

2 dashes cherry bitters 

1 dash absinthe 

1 premium maraschino cherry, such as Luxardo

1 orange peel 


  1. Combine the whiskey, vermouth, cherry bitters and absinthe in a shaker with ice. Shake until chilled and strain into a rocks glass. Serve up, and garnish with the cherry and an orange peel. You may flame the oils of the orange peel before placing in the glass if desired, using a lighter.